£6.9m Manchester United cult hero Diego Forlan on the brink of joining Universitario de Peru

Diego Forlan

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan is on the verge of a new adventure.

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan is to sign for Peruvian outfit Universitario de Peru according to the latest reports.

The Uruguayan international is a cult figure with the Red Devils, joining the club for a £6.9 million fee in 2001 and immediately becoming renowned for his effort and endeavour.

Despite not scoring as many goals as he liked, his double in a 2-1 away win against rivals Liverpool meant he achieved a cult hero status with the United supporters.

Such was his popularity, the supporters made up a song and allegedly still sing it to this day, using the worlds: “He came from Uruguay, he made the Scousers cry.”

After impressive stints at Villarreal, Atletico Madrid, Inter Milan and Internacional ensued, the 25-year-old is currently plying his trade in Japan with Cerezo Osaka.

According to the Peruvian publication Libero.Pe, his reign in Asia is coming to a close as a move to Peru giants Universitario de Peru beckons in 2015.

“He is in conversations with the management of Universitario de Deportes to strengthen their team in 2015,” the report states.

Sporting general Jorge Vidal also confirmed the deal, stating on Twitter that Forlan is excited with the negotiations. “We are getting the sponsors, it would be a good deal and he is enthused,” he wrote.

In a three year stint at Old Trafford, the former Atletico Madrid ace made 98 appearances in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and helping the team win the Premier League title in 2003.

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